freshy, fresh juice in cucumber cups

NutriSue - juice in a cucumber cup

What fun I had the other day doing a juicing workshop at a daycare. The kids, aged 15-months to four and a half, were super excited to work with the big machine that was going to make juice for them. … Continue reading

tomatoes, tomatoes tomatoes!

mini tomato pizza

What’s better than enjoying the first tomatoes of the season? Enjoying them with beautiful, smiling kids! This past Sunday at the kid’s nutrition table at my farmer’s market, I prepared pizzas for them to put together and enjoy. These mini … Continue reading

how to get your kids to drink more water

Getting kids to drink more water might be a cinch if it was a beautiful colour like this magenta-tinted water.
And it’s all natural! No artificial anything.

Here’s how I do it:

Fill your container of choice 3/4 full with water (I like mine filtered).
Use some beet juice left over from juicing or grate half a small beet (save the grated beet for salad).
Add the grated beet to a small glass of water and swish it around a bit to release the beet’s colour.
Using a strainer and a funnel, pour the tinted beet water into your container of water.

That’s all there is to it!
This has been kid tested – they love the stunning colour and always ask for more.

You could also tint your water with a little red berry juice, but I think the kids love grating the beet and watching how it magically tints their water.

making corn salad with the kids at Leslieville Farmer’s Market

Kid’s Corn Salad

3 cobs of cooked corn, kernels removed

1 small cucumber, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 yellow zucchini, diced

1 green zucchini, diced

1 small red onion, diced

3 small tomatoes, diced

sprigs of fresh thyme, minced

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (use this instead of regular white vinegar because ACV is health promoting and a very good digestive aid. Use one with ‘mother’, such as Braggs or Filsinger’s – if you want more info on this, come visit me at the market, at the kid’s table and I can explain it in more detail)

2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)

Add everything to a large bowl and toss gently or do it à la Leslieville Market and add all the ingredients to a plastic bag and gently massage to incorporate all the ingredients.

We like the bag method because kids love adding all the ingredients to the bag and doing the massaging!

Seems that when kids make it – they eat it and love it! (some kids ate 3 bowls!)

Have you been to the Leslieville Farmer’s Market this year? Tell me what you think about the farmer’s, vendors, kids’ table, or your experience – I’d love to hear your feedback!

fixin’s for the corn salad

the corn’s ready to have the kernels cut off

corn kernels in the bowl, ready to add the fixin’s

‘massaging’ the salad to mix all the ingredients

Xav is a big helper, getting the corn ready for cooking

YUMMY! loving the corn salad! have to get every last kernel